Along the Seine

Words by Dalene Heck / Photography by Pete Heck

There are thirty-two bridges over the grand river Seine as it snakes its way through Paris. With almost every major landmark visible while floating on its surface, the gentle river serves as a mirror to the glorious city itself.

The Seine - Paris, France

In the spirit of romance in which we arrived in Paris, we searched for the perfect way to explore the city along this watery route – wishing to dramatically toast champagne in view of the Louvre, the Eiffel Tower or the Notre Dame Cathedral. But, while traveling outside of tourist season has big benefits, it also has some drawbacks, and such a cruise during our visit was not available while we were there.

We did it anyways, and none of the rest mattered. Because there really is no better way to see Paris than from the river that divides it…

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  • Jan
    October 31 2013

    Lovely! I took this trip on a very rainy afternoon – it’s much prettier this time around from the comfort of my office. 🙂

    • November 4 2013

      It was pretty chilly when we did it – windy and cool. But, that didn’t matter one bit. We loved it!

  • Your videos are always so beautiful and great quality. Paris is one of my favorite cities and I love the bridges. Never knew there were 32 though! Thanks for sharing.

    Happy travels 🙂
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  • Joy
    October 31 2013

    Beautiful. I remember the same views well even though that was way back in 2005. Must be time to go again!

  • November 1 2013

    Beautiful! I love getting to know a place from its river. Haven’t made it to Paris yet but you’re making me want to get there asap!
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  • Renuka
    November 1 2013

    Paris is romance personified. I mean that’s what we have always thought! Nice view of the Effel Tower against the overcast sky!

    • November 4 2013

      It is exactly that. We’ve never been to a more romantic place!

  • November 2 2013

    Awesome video that you share with us. I used to live 2 years in Paris and sometimes I feel like I never get to discover it. Maybe when you are living there it’s different than when you just travel there (especially when you are French like me haha).

    Anyway, great videos. Enjoy it 😉
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    • November 4 2013

      It’s absolutely different. There are so many things in our home city that we never did!

  • November 6 2013

    Simply dreamy!
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  • November 12 2013

    I love that so many cities centre around a beautiful river lined in bridges! Thank you for sharing your experiences and this truly gorgeous video! Paris is for lovers!

  • November 16 2013

    it’s obviously a great city, and love that pic! nice work

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